In The Line of Duty

Anthony C. Rodella, Jeffrey S. Bohler

Two members of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen were killed in an accident on Saturday, February 21.

Engineer Anthony C. Rodella, 57, and conductor Jeffrey S. Bohler, 32, were killed in the collision of two Union Pacific freight trains in Carrizozo, N.M. Rodella and Bohler were both members of BLET Division 192 in El Paso, Texas. Brother Rodella joined the BLET in 1974 and Brother Bohler became a member in 2003.

The National Transportation Safety Board launched an investigation of the accident, assisted by the BLET Safety Task Force.

Rodella and Bohler's empty auto-rack train was en route from Mira Loma, Calif., to Kansas when it collided with a train carrying grain headed from Kansas to El Paso.

On behalf of the 30,000 men and women of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen, BLET National President Don M. Hahs sent his deepest condolences to the Rodella and Bohler families. President Hahs has ordered the BLET flag to be flown at half-staff over the BLET's Cleveland headquarters in honor of the two brothers.

"I am deeply saddened by the deaths of Brother Rodella and Brother Bohler," said President Hahs. "The deaths of their fellow workers impact the hearts and minds of all railroad workers, and I know that I speak for all the BLET members when I send my sympathies to these families."

The BLET Safety Task Force was established for the purpose of participating in accident investigations conducted by the NTSB with the goal of contributing to both the accident cause-finding phase, and the safety recommendation phase from the view point of locomotive engineers and trainmen.

Twelve members of the BLET have been killed in on-the-job accidents since 1999.


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